How to Use a Silicone Kit to Make a Mold

Pillar candles are candles made using a stiff wax such as paraffin, beeswax, Golden Soy 444, or a blend of soy that’s mixed with parrafin or beeswax. Unlike the votive that’s pictured below, the rigid wax used to make a pillar candle gives them the internal strength to stand alone as pillars, candle sticks, or even ice cream cones.

Regardless of what kind of pillar candle you want to make, all such candles need to be formed by pouring melted wax into a mold. The best molds are made using silicone which has the advantage of being strong and flexible. While plastic molds are more cost effective, they’re not nearly as durable. They’re also not useful for making large candles.

There are lots of brick and mortar and on-line stores that sell all sorts of molds. While these molds are often convenient to purchase, making your own will give you a unique one of a kind product that nobody else will have.

One easy but more expensive way to make a mold is to purchase a silicone mold making kit. The kit pictured here is produced by Bbdino. It costs $36.97 on Amazon and comes with two 1.1 lb. containers, some popsicle sticks to use for mixing, and some handy disposable gloves which you should wear to avoid having wet silicone stick to your hands.

When stored separately, the compounds in these containers are inert. When mixed together in equal amounts, they have a 50 minute pot life after which they’ll start to solidify.

Prior to using this silicone kit, you will need to do some prep work. You’ll need a clean container to use for forming a mold. You’ll also need the object that you’re to make the mold.

To make a pot sticker candle I needed a fresh raw pot sticker. Since these dumplings are soft and semi-pliable (at least prior to being pan fried), I froze the pot sticker prior to using it as a mold. The problem with pouring silicone over a soft object is that these objects will deform under the weight of the liquid silicone. This typically results in a poor mold with vague details. By freezing the pot sticker, I could make it nicely rigid.

Since some objects (like pot stickers) will float to the surface of poured silicone thereby ruining the mold, before freezing the dumpling, I liberally coated the bottom with glue. I then centered the dumpling and flipped it over to glue it in place. I then froze the pot sticker overnight to make sure it was nicely solid. To make this mold, I used a disposable French fry carton.

Before mixing and pouring the silicone, I estimated the amount I would need by filling an empty cardboard fry container with water. I then measured the water by using a liquid measuring cup.

I then poured equal amounts from the silicone containers into a disposable plastic container. The resulting mixture was stirred together using one of the popsicle sticks that came with this kit.

After making sure that the two compounds had been thoroughly mixed, I poured it over the frozen dumpling. The silicone mixture took 50 minutes before it started to set. It took six hours before it was completely set. After six hours I froze the mold.

Since the dumpling would have defrosted within six hours, freezing the mold allowed me to refreeze the pot sticker. This would later make it easier to remove since a defrosted pot sticker would have fallen to pieces.

After letting the mold freeze overnight, I removed the frozen dumpling in the morning by flexing the silicone and literally popping it out. After washing and drying the mold, it was ready for use. Hot melted wax (Golden Wax 444) was poured into the mold. Once the wax had cooled and set, I simply popped it out.

Pictured here is a pot sticker candle that I made using three wax dumplings and a glass votive. This candle smells of ginger, garlic, bacon, and beef. Using a votive container allowed me to stack the pot stickers. The candle was garnished with faux baby corn and chopped green onions.

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